AMERICANS have just learnt something Australasians have known for years – Lazarus is a freak.
Making his northern hemisphere debut at Hoosier Park just moments ago, Lazarus upstaged a stellar field to capture the Dan Patch.
Purchased by US-based Taylor Made Stallions last May, Lazarus was a late admission into the prestigious feature after his new connections elected to pay a $25,000 entry fee.
In what proved to be a wise decision, the six-year-old overcame barrier nine – outside of the front row – to score in 1:48.8.
With Yannick Gingras in the cart, Lazarus was eased forward to take the lead from another former Kiwi, Bit Of A Legend, just past the opening quarter, which was covered in 26.1 seconds.
Allowed to roll along at a steady tempo, the stallion completed a length-and-a-half win from Split The House, with McWicked a length away third.
First-up since February 24, Lazarus stretched his record to 36 wins and nine placings from 46 starts.
Earning $US150,000 with his victory, Lazarus’ bankroll – without conversion rates – sits on $3,813,438.
Lazarus’ purse before leaving his New Zealand co-trainers Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen was $3,663,438, which made him the third richest Australasian standardbred and the richest stallion.
Trained in the US by Jimmy Takter, the son of Bettors Delight is likely to have his next start in a Canadian Derby heat on August 25.
The Breeders’ Crown at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono on October 27 is the long term goal and could double as Lazarus’ racing swansong before embarking on a stud career.